A Hitchcock that I haven't seen before and it's an action-packed spy thriller that established many of the conventions of that genre. We have a man caught up in intrigue that he has nothing to do with as he tries to figure things out. Filled with some virtuoso shots and great edits, it's fast-paced and entertaining and shows Hitchcock really starting to use the techniques and styles of his later films.
Really great to go into the film knowing as little as possible. Starting out funny and warm as a quirky comedy but then slowly changing into something much darker. It's filled with great comedic moments and some elaborate set pieces with all of the parts working together in a great way by the time it all emerges as a complex and unpredictable look at family, class, and work.
Spike Lee blending history and genres to make all sorts of points. Complex and messy and filled with haunting and disturbing images, it's not as tightly focussed as some of his work, but it's visceral and timely. Delroy Lindo gives an incredible performance with a character who at first seems like someone much less substantial. The entire cast is solid, but Lindo's performance is haunting and moving. Lee plays around with looks and textures and aspect ratios as he fills…